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Alumni Columns 



Northwestern State University Magazine 




Ill Messages 




Dr. Randall /. Webb. 
1965. 1966 
President 

Northwestern State 
University 




William Drake Owens. 
2004. 2005 
Director 
University 
Advancement 






Dear Alumni: 

Northwestern State is wrapping up another successful academic 
year with a number of achievements to look back on. 

Most importantly, more than 2,200 students received degrees from 
your alma mater in 201 1 -1 2. Over the past several years. Northwestern 
State has recruited students who are better prepared academically, 
which has led to better retention and graduation rates. 

In the spring semester, two teams from the Computer Information 
Systems program won national titles in their division at the annual As- 
sociation of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate 
Conference. This is the 1 3th time in 1 2 years NSU students have won 
national competitions against some of the other top schools in the 
country. 

Our graduate program in nursing was recognized as being one 
of the top 1 00 programs in the country, according to U.S. News and 
World Report. We are glad to have an exceptional group of nurse edu- 
cators who are dedicated to our students and give willingly of their 
time in the local community. 

The university began a Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health 
program this spring. The program is an online degree designed to 
provide an opportunity to those working in the allied health field with 
an associate degree to obtain a bachelor's degree. Northwestern State 
worked closely with our community and technical college partners to 
develop this program, which is the only one of its type in the state. 

NSU received approval to begin a Master of Science in Homeland 
Security program this summer. Demand for this program is strong and 
will give the university an opportunity to gain national attention in 
this important field. 

Professor of English Dr. Julie Kane brought distinction to North- 
western State by being named Louisiana's Poet Laureate. Dr. Kane has 
travelled throughout Louisiana giving poetry readings and promoting 
the state's poets. Our students are fortunate to be able to learn from 
such a gifted writer. 

All of these accomplishments would not have been possible with- 
out your continued support of Northwestern State. Thank you for your 
help in moving this university forward. I am looking ahead to even 
greater things in the upcoming academic year. 



My Fellow Alumni, 

1 have written before about the sense of family that is a large part 
of the Northwestern State experience. The notion of strong ties was 
evident during the recent Family Fais Do-Do, an event hosted on 
campus to acknowledge the end of the academic year, the start of 
summer and the conclusion of a successful capital campaign. Most 
importantly, we wanted to draw together our entire Northwestern 
State family - students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners and 
supporters - at a festive event inspired with a sense of appreciation 
and bonhomie. 

The Fais Do-Do was the perfect venue for announcing that the 
Northwestern State University Foundation closed out its three-year 
capital campaign with more than $36 million dedicated to the edu- 
cational mission of NSU. When we began the campaign in 2009, our 
goal was $25 million. I can not offer enough thanks to our supporters 
whose generosity made the campaign such a success. Your contribu- 
tions enable our students to reap the benefits of more scholarships, 
endowed chairs and endowed professorships. We thank you most 
gratefully. Read more about this event on page 1 5. 

I hope you like the new look of Alumni Columns. We have stream- 
lined the magazine's design to accommodate in-depth articles about 
our alumni, campus projects and more. For even more snippets, 
alumni spotlights, additional photos and video clips, download the 
magazine's new on line edition, at northwesternalumni.com/alumni- 
columns. 

Again and as always, I thank you for your generous support of our 
alma mater and look forward to more opportunities to include you in 
the Northwestern State family. 



Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASt 

Volume XXII Number 2 Summer 2012 

Ihe Alumni Columns (USPS 01. S480) is published 

by Northwestern State Uni\ersily, 

Natchitoches, Louisiana. 71497-0002 

Periodicals Postage Paid at Natchilt)ches, La., 

and at additional mailing offices. 

POS 1 MAS IKR: Send address changes to the 

.Mumni C^ilumns, Northwestern State University. 

Natchitoches. La. 71497-0002. 

Alumni Office Phone: 318-357-4414 and 888-799-6486 

LAX: 318-357-4225 • E-mail: owensd@nsula.edu 

NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS 

President Joseph B. Stamey. Natchitoches, 1983 

Isl Vice President Tommy Chester, Natchitoches. 1969 

2nd Vice President Charles "Buddy" Wood, .Many, 1981 

Secretary-Treasurer Matt Bailey, Shre\cport, 2003 

Executive Director W. Drake Owens. 

Natchitoches. 2004. 2005 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Matt Bailey Shreveport. 2003 

lerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969. 1971 

.Monty Chicola Alexandria. 1979. 1980 

Leonard Endris Shreveport. 1974. 1975 

Ken Cluidry Natchitoches. 1972 

Bobby Hcbert New Orleans. 1983 

Irey Hill Carencro. 1985 

.Adrian Howard Bedford. TX. 1989 

F'atricia Hrapmann New Orleans. 1973. 1978 

(iail lones Natchez. 1981. 1998 

.Malt Koury Leesville. 1995 

Angela La.syone Natchitoches. 1986 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville. 19.58 

Carroll Long Longview. T.X, 1970 

William L. Luckie Lutkin, TX. 2008 

David .Morgan Au.stin. TX. 1973 

Kip Patrick Washington. DC. 1995 

CliH Poimboeuf. Shreveport. 1984 

Denise Quezaire Baton Rouge. 2005 

loseph W Schellette Shreveport. 1969 

Glenn lalbcrt Shreveport, 1964 

(^asey |o Ihompson Shreveport. 2001 

Carlos Ireadway Northvillc. ML 1992 

Marti \iennc Natchitoches, 1982 

Ricky Walmsley Rogers. AR. 1985 

Mike Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Dr Leonard Williams New Orleans. 1993 

c;harlcs "Buddy" Wood Many 1981 

SIUDENT REPRESENTATIVE 

Derrick HiHiston Vivian 

SGA President 

Publisher W. Drake Owens. 2004. 2005 

Editor Leah Pilcher lackson. 1994, 201 1 

Contributors David West 

Doug Ireland. 1986 

Bill Smith 

Robbie Klcmmunt/ 

Dr Fra/ier Snowden 

Leslie Gregory Grucsbeck. 1987. 1994 

Photography Gary Hardamon 

Kyle Cassidy 
Design/Layout Beth McPherson .Mann. 1975 

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("ojlcgcs of the Southern AsstKialion ol (Colleges and SihtniK ( IW* 
Si^ulhcrn l.anc. Occalur. C icorgia .MMI.VV41W7: Iclcphonc huitiIht 40-1 
679-4>0l) to award AsstKiatc. Kaccalaunralc. Maxtcr's. and SpcxialiM 
degrees. 

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disvnniinalc on ihc basis ol race, color, religion, sex. national origin, 
.igc. or disability in its educational pnigrams. activities or employment 
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for many alamni 

Nl)0 i§ a family tradition 



History, tradition and personal connections to North- 
western State University are deeply rooted in the hearts of 
the school's alumni and friends. Those bonds are continu- 
ally strengthened by third- and fourth-generation students 
whose parents and grandparents share with them stories 
from their college days and illustrate how the university 
impacted their lives. 

"We emphasize that we are truly a family here at North- 
western State," said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
whose father, Joe Webb, was a long-time chemistry profes- 
sor. Approximately 50 members of Webb's immediate and 
extended family attended Normal or Northwestern. "This 
school holds many memories for many families, including 
mine. There are probably hundreds of couples who met 
here and married, whose children and grandchildren at- 
tended later." 

Brittany Roy of Mandeville joined her family legacy as a 
Northwestern freshman last year. Roy, whose parents are 
Joseph (1 991 ) and Vanessa (1 990) Roy, is a theatre major and 
a descendant of Victor L. Roy, the institution's fifth president 
from 191 1-1929. Roy Hall, one of the school's administrative 
buildings, bears his name. 

"He was one of the strictest and longest serving presi- 
dents," Roy said of her ancestor. Brittany Roy's grandparents 
Raymond (1970) and Peggy Roy Gilbert (1962, 1966) of 
Natchitoches also have a long association with the univer- 
sity. Mrs. Gilbert's mother, the late Irene Jacob Anderson, 
graduated from Normal in 1 932 and her first husband, Jo- 





Kerlin Caspar! Sutton, right, 
great-grandson of Capt. 
Leopold Caspari, accepted 
President Randall J. Webb's 
Distinguished Service Award 
on behalf of his ancestor. 



seph M. Roy, was V.L. Roy's grandson. After earning his Ph.D. 
at Northwestern, Raymond Gilbert spent 20 years on faculty 
in the College of Education where Mrs. Gilbert taught several 
semesters as an adjunct. The two married in 1985. Last year, 
Roy descendants marked the centennial of V.L. Roy's ap- 
pointment as president. 

Kerlin Caspari Sutton of 
Natchitoches (1948) is the 
great-grandson of Captain 
Leopold Caspari, the man 
referred to as the Father of 
the Normal School. Cas- 
pari served in the Louisiana 
House of Representatives 
and was instrumental in 
establishing the Louisi- 
ana State Normal School 
in Natchitoches in 1884. 
Normal, as Northwestern 
was then known, was the 
first state-supported teacher 
training institution in Loui- 
siana. When Caspari died 
in 1915, the entire student 

body attended his funeral. In 2004, Northwestern State 
awarded Caspari a posthumous Distinguished Service Award 
and Sutton accepted the honor on behalf of his family. 

Sutton has many memories of campus, having attended 
grade school at Warren Easton, now the NSU Elementary Lab 
School, and high school at Natchitoches High, which now 
houses the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. 
After enrolling at Louisiana Normal, his college career was 
interrupted by World War II. He returned to school after the 
war and by the time he graduated, the institution had been 
renamed Northwestern State College. 

When Sutton was a youngster, there were four columns 
remaining of the Bullard Mansion that he often passed on 
walks from Warren Easton to the Normal president's home, 
now the Alumni Center, where his friend Emily Fredericks 
Wofford, daughter of President A.A. Fredericks, lived. 

"In those days, the campus dairy would send ice cream 
over to the president's home and Emily would have her 
friends over to eat ice cream," he said. 

While still in high school, he knew many of the college's 
student-athletes and coaches, including players on the 
Demons' undefeated 1939 football team, Coach Harry "Rags" 
Turpin and baseball Coach Cracker Brown. Sutton remem- 



The family of V.L. Roy, who served as 
Northwestern's president from 1911- 
1 929, acknowledged the centennial of his 
presidency last year. Seated are current 
student Brittany Roy with NSU President 
Dr. Randall J. Webb. Standing are Peggy 
Roy Gilbert, Vanessa Roy and Raymond 
Gilbert. Inset is a photo of Irene Jacob. 



continued on page 2 



Scan this QR code 

to watch video of 

presentation of 

President Roy portrait 





Second, third and fourth generation alumni are, from left, Sally 
Willis Barden (1978, Nursing), Susan Culley Barden (August 
201 2, Scholars' College) and Jim Willis (1959, Education). Willis' 
late wife, Dixie James Willis, and both of Barden's grandmothers, 
Susan Culley James and Annie Levins Willis (1953) also 
graduated from Louisiana Normal and were teachers. 



I 



NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb congratulated 

three generations of alumni during Spring 2012 

commencement as Julie Evans earned her diploma. 

Celebrating with her were her father, James Douglas 

Harris (1 961) and daughter, Tamala Keiffer (2007). 




Family Tradition continued from page 1 
bers walking past the campus library in 1938 or 39 and 
seeing a workman with a hammer and chisel removing the 
name of imprisoned Louisiana Governor Richard W. Leche 
from the building's edifice. The building was renamed Rus- 
sell Hall. 

As an undergraduate, most of Sutton's classes were in 
Caldwell Hall. "We learned it all in Caldwell Hall," he quipped. 
After Caldwell burned in 1982, Sutton took photographs of 
the destroyed building, including a picture of the carved 
doorframe that bore the inscription "Caldwell 1 906." He pre- 
sented those to Northwestern's archives as part of the Kerlin 
Sutton Collection. 

In his student days, Sutton took geography classes under 
Dr. John Kyser, accounting under Robert Easley, science with 
Francis Fournet and journalism under Charles Cunningham. 

"There was a good ratio of boys to girls at Normal, as most 
students were in education," he said. 

He met his wife, Margaret Abington Sutton (1947), at 
Northwestern after he returned from the service. 

The building named after his ancestor, Caspari Hall, was 
constructed in 1 939 to house male student-athletes. It is 
currently under renovation and will eventually house the 
office of the president, provost and upper administration. 

"Knowing Caspari Hall was named for my great-grandfa- 
ther was an honor, but the family didn't want to overplay it," 
he said, but he acknowledges the importance of the school 
to the community. 

"Everybody wanted the teacher college in their district," 
Sutton explained. Caspari not only orchestrated the loca- 
tion of the school, but organized construction of a railway 
connection from Cypress to Natchitoches, making the 
school - and the town - accessible. The railroad "practi- 
cally saved the town because there was no way to get here 
before that." 

Sutton's grandson, Marshall Sutton - Caspari's great- 
great-great grandson - just completed his freshman year at 
Northwestern State. 

"Marshall is proud that Leopold was the sitting state 
senator at the time the legislature established the Normal 
School here. I am sure there was strong competition from 
other areas of the state," his father, Mark Sutton, said. "We 
are certainly glad NSU is here and Marshall has had a great 
experience so far." 

AiumniColumns I 



Three generations of Tori Thompson's family attended 
Northwestern, but, growing up in Houston, she didn't neces- 
sarily plan to follow that path. Thompson's great grandfa- 
ther Leroy Eversull graduated from Northwestern State and 
was on the faculty from 1 950 until 1 987. Her grandmother, 
Sue Champion, is a faculty member in the School of Busi- 
ness. 

"I came here for basketball camp and theatre camp, but 
I never thought of enrolling here," Thompson said. "Then 
in my junior year, I took a campus tour and fell in love with 
Northwestern. For me, there's nowhere else to be." 

Thompson, a freshman secondary education major, is 
representing the university that is so important to her family 
in a high profile way. Earlier this year she was crowned the 
2012 Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet. She won the 
pageant's swimsuit, talent and evening gown competition 
as well as the Liz Carroll People's Choice Award selected by 
the audience. 

"I love pageants. I watch Miss America every year. I wanted 
to be in Miss Northwestern - Lady of the Bracelet ever since I 
decided to come here. I've been preparing for a long time." 

Thompson is member of Phi Mu Fraternity and is a Presi- 
dential Ambassador. This summer, she is a freshman con- 
nector, working with incoming students in the Freshman 
Connection program. 

"The legacy of my family and Northwestern began in 
1885," said Perry Anderson (1985). "My great-grandfather, 
Madison Randall Lay, was born and raised in Ashland. He 
was among the first class of students enrolled in the Loui- 
siana Normal School in its inaugural year of 1 885. Three of 
the Lay children, Orie, Gladys and my grandmother, Lillias, 
attended and graduated from the Louisiana Normal School 
and all in education." 

Lillias and Gladys Lay graduated from Ashland High 

School and enrolled at the Louisiana Normal School in the 

summer of 1918 to take the teacher's exam and began 

teaching that fall in Natchitoches Parish. Lillias taught at 

the Nichols School in Derry, the one-room schoolhouse 

that was donated to Northwestern State in 1981 and now 

resides near the Teacher Education Center. Gladys taught at 

Harmony near Provencal. The following year, the two taught 

together at Vowells Mill. 

continued on page 3 

I SUMMER 2012 



Family Tradition continued fronn page 2 

"At the time my grandmother taught at the Nichols 
School, she was still living with her parents in Ashland 
and she would catch the train on Sunday afternoon and 
ride down to Cloutierville or thereabouts and stay with 
the Nichols family during the week while teaching at the 
Nichols School," Anderson said. "She would again catch 
the train almost every Friday afternoon and go back home. 
Who would've ever thought it would later be moved to the 
campus and be made into a museum?" 

In 1920, Lillias returned to Normal to earn a two-year 
certificate. After graduation, she married A.H. Dupree and 
moved to Martin in Red River Parish where she taught 
first grade for several years. Her family moved to Ashland 
in 1938 where she taught until her retirement in 1964. 
Meanwhile, Gladys began teaching at Martin in 1920, mar- 
ried M.D. Rushing and moved to Social Springs where she 
taught for one year. The couple then moved to Ashland 
and she taught seventh grade from 1 942 until her retire- 
ment in 1964. 

The two sisters began working towards their degrees in 
education in 1948, driving to Northwestern for summer 
classes at night. They graduated in the same class in the 
summer of 1954. 

Lillias and A.H. Dupree had three daughters who all 
majored in education at Northwestern, Dovie (1948), Gloria 
(1 958) and Mary Elizabeth. During her long career as an 
educator, Anderson's mother, Gloria, also earned a master's 
at Northwestern and spent countless hours working with 
students in extracurricular activities outside the classroom 
and supporting school activities. She was an active mem- 
ber of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honor society 
for women in education, and was selected for Teacher of 
the Year on more than one occasion. 

"Over her years of teaching, not only did she have the 
opportunity to teach each of her three sons, but during her 
last year of teaching, she had the blessing of teaching her 
grandson in the second grade," Anderson said. 

"My mother married Archie Wayne Anderson from Min- 
den, whoisa 1970 alumnus of NSC in education," Anderson 
said. "My parents had three sons and each of us attended 
and graduated from NSU. My older brother, Archie, earned 
a bachelor's in 1 982 and a master's in 1 985. My younger 
brother Daniel graduated in 1 988. I entered NSU in the fall 
of 1 980 and carried on in the family tradition of majoring in 
education." 

Anderson just completed his 27th year in education. He 
lives in Athens working for Claiborne Parish schools as an 
adapted physical education teacher and coordinator of 
special projects. 

"As a faithful alumna, my mother spent many hours in 
Turpin Stadium on Saturday nights with her family as well 
as many nights in Prather Coliseum rooting for her beloved 
Demons," Anderson said. "She dedicated 40-plus years of 
her life to the education of children. If asked, she would 
say that was what God called her to do. She taught more 
than the three Rs, but also taught love, hope and joy." 



Perry Anderson (B.S.), Wayne Anderson, 

Gloria Dupree Anderson and Archie Anderson (M.A.) 

pictured at commencement in 1985. 



Gloria Dupree 
Anderson, 1958 




Lillias Lay Dupree, 
I 1954 




Madison Randall 
Lay enrolled in 
the first class at 
Louisiana Normal 
in 1885. 



Alumni Columns 



SUMMER 2012 



Alumni News 



Where in the world is Kip Patrick 




"Leaving Saturday for a year-long trip backpack- 
ing, diving, hiking, and volunteering our way around 
the world. Check out our website: www. lof7.org." 

So announced Kip Patrick in late March via Facebook, days 
before he and his wife, Liz Zipse, left their home in Washing- 
ton, D.C., to embark on an enviable adventure with a loose, 
off-the-beaten-path itinerary and a vow to volunteer in 
whatever opportunities they encounter. 

"Roughly, we're thinking the Philippines, Palau, Microne- 
sia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Nepal, India, Turkey, 
Jordan, Egypt, Kenya, down the coast to South Africa, Mada- 
gascar, up to West Africa, over to Brazil, with a final stop in 
El Salvador," Patrick wrote. "All that is, of course, subject to 
change, which is one of the best things about a trip like this." 

Patrick, a native of Converse, earned a degree in journal- 
ism at Northwestern State in 1995, worked in communica- 
tions and public/media relations in Washington, D.C., New 
York and Miami, and once held a position teaching English 
to business executives, professors and students in Madrid, 
Spain. He traveled extensively throughout Central and 
South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United 
States, with thoughts and impressions documented on a 
blog, WherelsKip.com. 

At Northwestern State, Patrick was a senator-at-large with 
the Student Government Association, sports editor for the 
Current Sauce and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta 
Sigma honor societies. He served a term on the Northwest- 
ern State Alumni Association Board of Directors and has 
been engaged in volunteering throughout his career. 

Liz, a native of Colorado, is a seasoned traveller in her own 
right. She lived and studied in Spain and has travelled ex- 
tensively in South America, living in Peru for a few months. 
The two married in 2008. 

Kip and Liz flew to the Philippines on March 31 . He 
explains the origin of the couple's blog as the service/volun- 
teer part of the trip. The couple seeks opportunities to give 
back or make a contribution for others at least one day a 
week, whether it is picking up trash on the beach or helping 
obtain equipment for a kids' boxing/mentoring program. 



The trip is fodder for life experiences, life lessons and an 
example of paying it forward. 

"We aren't expecting to change the world, and there have 
been weeks we've failed at accomplishing our goal," he 
wrote. "But we loved how good it felt to give back, even just 
a little." 

Q : How hard was the decision to quit your jobs and leave 
your families and friends for a year or so? 

Leaving friends and family is always the hardest part of a 
trip like this. Those who know us well weren't too surprised. 
We have a room in our house with a wall-sized map of the 
world, and we're in there with friends constantly talking 
about the places we'd like to visit. 

Liz and I always imagined taking a year or so off for our 
honeymoon, but we decided to buy a house instead and 
pretend to be grownups for a while. Since then we've tried 
to live cheaply, we rented out a room in our house to help 
pay the mortgage, saved money, and finally decided the 
time was right. There never is a perfect time. Between work, 
family, funding and life, you can always find excuses not to 
go. 

What really galvanized our decision happened at our jobs. 
In the months before our departure, Liz and I started volun- 
teer groups where we work (Pew Cares, OSA Cares). Recruit- 
ing colleagues to help, we organized all sorts of activities — 
we landscaped a D.C. public school, used canoes to remove 
plastic bottles and debris from the Anacostia River, guided 
participants to the finish line at the Best Buddies Challenge 
(www.bestbuddies.org). ..these activities helped us realize we 
should be doing something to help others more often. We 
combined that with our dream trip, and 1 of 7 was born. 

Q : What kind of responses did you get from that news? 

Old friends from the Where Is Kip days weren't surprised at 
all. And folks who know us well weren't too shocked either, 
although the idea of traveling for a year is still a bit unusual 
to some. As has happened in the past, the biggest surprise is 
how many people, including bosses and colleagues at work, 
support us and have actually dreamed about something 
similar themselves. 

Q : Technology has come a long way from the "Where Is 
Kip" days. Can you elaborate on that? 

Technology has definitely improved since Where Is Kip. 
High speed internet is virtually everywhere, which makes 
uploading photos and videos much easier. The spread of 
social media sites like Facebook and Twitter has allowed us 
to better keep in touch and spread the word about 1 of 7 
and our travels. Also, the free blog service we use enabled us 
to build a no-cost website that's fairly sophisticated, easy to 
update from the road, and we can see what people are read- 
ing on the site (if anyone's actually visiting), thanks to up to 
the minute analytics, which is pretty fun to keep up with. 

continued on page 5 



Alumni Columns 



SUMMER 2012 



Kip Patrick continued from page 4 

Q : What kind of service projects do you have in 
mind? 

We've been finding some pretty unique volunteer 
opportunities. This week, we went diving with whale 
sharks in Oslob, Philippines. It's an annazing place 
that, within the past six months, has just become 
known to outsiders. A group of fisherman, now 
called "the whale shark feeders," started hand feed- 
ing whale sharks, the planet's biggest fish, to keep 
them out of their fishing grounds. It's the only place 
in the world this is known to happen. Now tourists 
can swim along with the massive sharks while they 
feed. 

While we were there, an environmental group was 
studying the whale sharks' behavior. They happened 
to be shorthanded that day and they asked if we 
could lend a hand counting, photographing and 
identifying the sharks in the water. It was an experi- 
ence we'll never forget. 

We also finished an Earth Day underwater coastal 
cleanup on April 22. Story and photos are on site. 

Q : What motivates your and Liz's love of travel? 

It's a great excuse not to work! We love to see for- 
eign places and experience other cultures. It makes 
us realize how small the world is. In Manila last week, 
when our taxi driver found out Liz is from Colorado, 
he started singing "Rocky Mountain High"and asked 
if she was related to John Denver. Naturally, I told 
him he was her uncle. The driver tried to give us a 
free ride (we paid). Those are the kinds of experi- 
ences we love that you can't really get at home. 

Q : Have you considered just staying adrift, or do 
you have definite plans to return to the States? Do 
you think it will be difficult to return to the conven- 
tional life? 

We don't have concrete plans to return. Our best 
guess is we'll head back to Washington whenever 
we feel like this trip's done, or when we run out of 
money, whichever comes first. 

The great thing about long-term travel is it helps 
you reset your thinking, particularly work wise. You 
come back more creative, more open-minded and 
excited to be back. . .and to start saving for the next 
trip. 

Q : What's been the most bizarre or surprising 
thing about your trip so far? 

Every day brings surprises and delivers the bi- 
zarre.. .another reason we love to travel. 

To track the Patricks' trip around the globe, visit 
their website at www.1 of7.org. 

Patrick's first travel column was published in the 
travel section of the Huffington Post in May with 
plans to continue weekly. 
huffingtonpost.com/kip-patrick 




Jessie Jones Bernard received the Nth Degree from Northwestern 
State University, a special honor that recognizes outstanding 
accomplishments and meritorious service. Seated from left are NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Jessie Bernard and Emma Pitcher. 
Standing are Jack Pitcher and Louie Bernard. 

Jessie Bernard awarded Nth Degree 

Northwestern State University honored Jessie Jones Bernard of 
Natchitoches with the Nth Degree in celebration of her 95th birth- 
day. The Nth Degree is a special honor presented to individuals in 
recognition of unselfish devotion to duty and the willingness to 
go the extra mile in meritorious service. 

"We have all kinds of friends at Northwestern State who ac- 
complish outstanding things in life. I know how deeply she loves 
Northwestern and how long she has been associated with the uni- 
versity," NSU President Dr. Randall J.Webb said. "The Nth degree is 
presented to recognize her high level of achievements and for her 
love and affection for her alma mater." 

Mrs. Bernard was born March 31, 1917, and left her home in 
Franklinton in 1 934 bound by train for Louisiana State Normal Col- 
lege, as Northwestern State was then known. She was the sixth of 
seven children born to Chesley and Emma Jones and the first per- 
son in her family to attend college. She received a band scholar- 
ship and was one of 20 students in the State Normal band where 
she played alto saxophone. She earned a bachelor's degree in 
commerce, later recognized as a business degree, in 1938 and 
was president of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority in its early days on 
campus. She was assigned to live in the B dormitory, but actually 
slept on the screen porch of B dorm, according to her daughter, 
Emma Pitcher. 

As an undergraduate, she met Henry Howard Bernard Sr. who 
was employed to landscape the school grounds and is respon- 
sible for planting many of the mature trees on campus today. The 
two were married on her birthday, March 31, 1940, and had seven 
children, Henry Jr., Kayla, Mary, Louie, Scriven, Emma and Don. 

"Mama's dream was for all seven of her children to earn degrees 
and all did, six at Northwestern, as did at least six of her grandchil- 
dren," said her son Louie Bernard. "It is especially meaningful for 
Dr. Randy and Brenda Webb, two people she has been so fond of, 
to present the award." 

Mrs. Bernard was a homemaker before returning to the class- 
room when her youngest child entered school. 

"While working full-time and attending school at night, she 
completed her Master of Education -i- 30 in guidance counsel- 
ing," Pitcher said, noting that her mother remained involved with 
Northwestern and attended many campus functions for as long as 
possible. 

"As far as her love for Northwestern, there's not a bigger sup- 
porter," Pitcher said. 



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Claudia Blanchard of Washington was inducted into 
the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame, one of only 
20 women to join the Hall of Fame. She earned degrees in 
health and physical education and business education inl980 
and a Master of Education in 1 981 . She is a member of Sigma 
Kappa Sorority. 

Blanchard's accomplishments include state championships 
in both women's basketball and softball. She is the recipient 
of the Coach of the Year honor at a district, parish and state 
level in both basketball and softball. Her most prestigious 
honor was her selection as a charter recipient of the Louisi- 
ana High School Coaches Association's Distinguished Service 
Award in 1 997. In 1 999, she was inducted into the Louisiana 
Softball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame for her commit- 
ment and dedication to the sport of softball. 

"/ definitely feel that my experience at Northwestern 
impacted my career. My first job was at Port Barre High 
School where I spent my career in the classroom and 
as a coach before moving into administration. NSU 
prepared me well to be an educator." 

Blanchard served as a teacher for 16 years and assistant 
principal for more than 10 years in which she was honored as 
State Assistant Principal of the Year in 2004. She is currently 
the director of curriculum for the St. Landry Parish School 
System and interim assistant superintendent. 

"I thank all of the coaches that I had the honor and privi- 
lege to work with and learn about the game of life," Blanchard 
said. "I am also extremely grateful to my family for their 
continued support." 

The Hall of Fame, celebrating its 34th year, has honored 
235 individuals who have been positive influences through 
leadership, sportsmanship, physical fitness and outstand- 
ing accomplishments both on and off the field during their 
involvement in Louisiana high school athletics and beyond. 






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Ashley Peterson McCollum channels 
passion into action for child/family 
advocacy 

Ashley Peterson McCollum chose a career 
path in which she provides a voice for those 
who may not be able to speak for them- 
selves. McCollum has dedicated her career 
to raising awareness and prevention of fam- 
ily violence and abuse and educating others 
about resources available to address those 
issues. A native of DeQuincy, McCollum 
earned a journalism degree from North- 
western State in 1 994 and today translates 
her skills as a writer to further outreach and 
education initiatives. 

"For me, journalism has always been about 
providing a voice for others," McCollum 
said. "Some have been joyful - like those of 
a couple who adopted twin girls or a Girl 
Scout Troop hiking at Camp Howdy. Some 
have been heartbreaking - like that of a 
mother whose son was killed in a drive-by 
shooting. And, some have been crucial - like 
that of a law enforcement officer warning 
youth about a new date-rape drug." 

In just a few short years of presenting 
those voices, over the airwaves or in print, 
McCollum found her own voice as an advo- 
cate for children, teens and families impact- 
ed by abuse. 

"My voice was passionate. It was rooted 
in personal experience. And, at the age of 
24, 1 was determined to use it to change the 
world," she said. 

McCollum was given the opportunity 
by Twin City Mission Domestic Violence 
Services in Bryan-College Station, Texas, to 
establish a regional prevention and outreach 
program that focused on domestic violence, 
the impact of domestic violence on children 
and dating abuse. 

"I was excited - and a little nervous - 
about developing an entirely new program 
and convincing others that my voice was 
one that needed to be heard," she said. "I 
feel success was a matter of many factors 
- the education and foundation that was 
instilled by Northwestern State University's 
Journalism Department, the skills developed 
in radio and newspaper experience, the sup- 
port and compassion of staff, law enforce- 
ment and victim advocates throughout the 
seven counties and my own disclosure as a 
survivor of abuse in a dating relationship. I 
had used writing to heal from that relation- 
ship. And, now I had the opportunity to use 
my words to prevent others from hurting or 
to help those who had already been hurt. 

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Ashley McCollum continued from page 6 

The people I met throughout those first three years of prevention and outreach 
changed my life, and I am happy to say that many of them are still a part of my 
life." 

McCollum spend the following six years in communications/media in the 
domestic violence field in Texas, California and Arizona, including three years at 
the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Texas Council on Family Violence. 

"My family life led me back to Bryan-College Station in 2005. But, I wasn't 
alone. I had become a mother. My son's sweet face and the joy I felt as his 
mother not only furthered my passion for advocacy but also added a new 
dimension," she said. 

McCollum worked as a contract development and communications profes- 
sional for local sexual assault and child abuse victim agencies and volunteered 
for the local domestic violence coalition and explored ways to utilize her 
creativity, writing and public speaking skills to help others - searching for the 
perfect fit. 

"There was an undeniable draw to advocacy for abused children," she said. 
"The more I learned, the more inspired I became. I had never experienced child 
abuse, but I now had a child of my own - Ian. Thinking about him, his friends 
and the world he would grow up in just put a new perspective on my work and 
my voice." 

McCollum now serves as the Resource Development Coordinator of Voices 
For Children - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brazos Valley (CASA), a 
nonprofit that trains community volunteers to serve as advocates for abused 
and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and placed 
into the custody of the state. Last year, that agency's 98 CASA volunteers 
advocated for 233 abused and neglected children, placing 79 of them in safe, 
permanent homes. "We say that our CASAs 'lift up' children's voices in court and 
by lifting up those voices, they lift up the children's lives," McCollum said. "I am 
amazed by our CASA volunteers and the staff I am blessed to work with every 
day." 

McCollum's work involves developing monthly e-newsletters, media cam- 
paigns, fund raising, grant writing, social media and other initiatives. 

"Our focus includes child advocacy, foster care, adoption and child abuse pre- 
vention," she said. "I am incredibly thankful for the supportive journalists who 
work in our community, and the relationships we have developed. I have joked 
around with a few reporters, calling them 'part-reporters and part-advocates.' 
One of our agency and media collaborations, Wednesday's Child, spotlights 
youth in foster care in search of adoptive families and won a national award last 
year." 

In addition to her work with Voices For Children, McCollum does freelance 
writing for local health and family magazines. Volunteering is a big part of her 
life. She serves as a "Love is Not Abuse: Healthy and Unhealthy Dating Relation- 
ships" educator in local schools for the Brazos County Coalition Against Do- 
mestic Violence, is a board of directors member of the Sexual Assault Resource 
Center and is a family advocate for the Brazos Valley Child Abduction Response 
Team. 

McCollum's husband Scott is an assistant police chief in College Station and 
is active on the board of directors of Scotty's House Child Advocacy Center. 
Her son, Ian, now age 9, "is an advocate in the making and possibly a future 
reporter. He writes 'stories' on his netbook, has fashioned his own 'press badge' 
and got a taste of being in front of the camera on a tour of our local television 
station. He devours the daily newspaper. He is a lover of words, much like me. 
And, I love it." 

Asked to describe some of her most memorable experiences over the years, 
McCollum offered many: 

•The excitement of documenting the five-day gut and rebuild (Home Make- 
over style) of Voices For Children's offices in 201 1 ; made possible by community 
donations of funding, services and items. 




• Celebrating the National Domestic 
Violence Hotline's 500,000th phone call in 
Washington, D.C., in 2001. 

• Covering a hostage situation for the 
newspaper, and unknowingly getting a little 
too close to the action. "A police officer actu- 
ally picked me up and moved me to a safer 
location. That might be memorable because 
it was a little embarrassing. I was pretty new 
to the job." 

• After giving a dating violence prevention 
education presentation in a middle school 
in 1 997, a 6th grade girl approached the 
school counselor and made an outcry. Her 
mother's boyfriend had been sexually abus- 
ing her. "If our agency's 'voice' hadn't been 
heard in that school that day, she might not 
have found her own." 

• Developing and conducting a "12 Days 
of Christmas" online fundraiser for Voices For 
Children that raised more than $15,000 in 12 
days in support of CASA advocates and the 
abused and neglected children they serve. 

• Learning how to further the voices of the 
agencies through Facebook, Twitter, etc. 

"I love that what I do is helping to make a 
difference in my community, but I also get 
a lot of satisfaction from the ever-changing 
and evolving nature of my work," McCollum 
said. "It keeps everything fresh and creative. 
I am not just refining skills learned in school 
but learning new ones. I learn from and am 
inspired by those I work and volunteer with. 
They enhance my work ... and my life." 



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Bill Brent director of the Mrs. H.D. 
Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts and director of 
bands at Northwestern State University, 
has received two major honors recogniz- 
ing his accomplishments at Northwestern 
State. 

Brent has been selected for membership 
in the American Bandmasters Association. 
He has also been selected for induction 
into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. 

"I'm truly humbled by both of these 
awards and I share both of these hon- 
ors with the thousands of students with 
whom I've been blessed to teach and the 
outstanding faculty, staff in the School 
of Creative and Performing Arts and the 
administrations I have served, includ- 
ing President Robert Alost and President 
Randall J. Webb," said Brent. "I guess I will 
always remember where I was when I was 
called to inform me that I had been elected 
to membership in the American Bandmas- 
ters Association. It is the most prestigious 
organization in my profession. When I 
was notified I had been selected to be 
inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of 
Fame, I was speechless. To know that my 
name is going to be listed along with Louis 
Armstrong, Pete Fountain and many other 
wonderful musicians who have contrib- 
uted so much to the rich heritage of music 
in our state was a bit overwhelming." 



Brent receives two major honors 



Brent has been at Northwestern for 29 years. In that time, he has built one 
of the best marching band programs in the nation, increasing the number of 
members from 48 to more than 300. 

The band was a finalist for the 201 1 Sudler Trophy, an award to identify and 
recognize collegiate marching bands of particular excellence that have made 
outstanding contributions to the American way of life. NSU's band started 
201 1 by participating in the New Year's Day Parade and Festival in London. 

Northwestern's band was named one of the top eight in the country by the 
website collegeotr.com in 2008. That year. Brent received the Outstanding 
Bandmaster Award for the state of Louisiana from the Epsilon Chapter of Phi 
Beta Mu, International Bandmasters Fraternity. 

In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educators Association 
Hall of Fame. Brent received the President's Distinguished Service Award in 
recognition of his work at Northwestern in 2002. 

"The Louisiana Musicians Hall of Fame and the American Bandmasters As- 
sociation are highly selective associations that have recognized in Bill those 
outstanding musical talents that have produced the beloved Spirit of North- 
western Marching Band and enhanced all facets of the University's music 
program," said Webb. "The Northwestern State family and his many friends 
congratulate Bill on these two most recent honors bestowed on him." 

The American Bandmasters Association, founded in 1929, with John Philip 
Sousa as honorary life president, recognizes outstanding achievement on the 
part of concert band conductors and composers. The current membership 
comprises approximately 300 band conductors and composers in the U.S. and 
Canada. 

Membership in the American Bandmasters Association is highly selective. 
New members must be nominated by three current members to be consid- 
ered and they must all present materials supporting their nomination includ- 
ing concert programs and recordings of concerts. 

Information on the organization is available at americanbandmasters.org. 

Brent was nominated for the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame by Natchitoches 
attorney Rodney Harrington (1975), who leads the popular group Johnny 
Earthquake and the Moondogs. Brent received his plaque at the Natchitoches 
Jazz/R & B Festival. 

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame includes members Bill Conti, Fats Dom- 
ino, Armstrong, Fountain, Mickey Gilley, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lee Lewis, 
Aaron Neville, the Neville Brothers and many other artists that have shaped 
the state's unique musical heritage. The Hall of Fame's mission is to educate 
and enlighten Louisiana's citizens, and the world, to the incredible musical 
heritage of our music, artists, writers, musicians and music industry people 
who made Louisiana's music the world's best for decades, and to celebrate our 
artists and musicians while creating a keystone to help build a viable modern 
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Dr. Julie Kane 

Louisiana's poet laureate 



Halfway through her two-year term as Louisiana's poet 
laureate, Dr. Julie Kane's Spring 201 2 schedule was a careful 
balance between a full slate of poetry engagements and her 
teaching responsibilities as a professor of English in North- 
western State University's Department of Language and 
Communication. April, National Poetry Month, was especial- 
ly demanding with a packed itinerary of readings at festivals 
and events in every corner of the state. 

"In nine days, I've had seven speaking engagements," 
Kane said, listing varied events that included the Tennessee 
Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, readings at Louisiana 
Tech and Ruston High School, Northwestern State's Research 
Day and Spring Read and the Jambalaya Writer's Conference 
in Houma, among others. 

"It's busy," she said. 

In the last year, she has read poetry and chaired discus- 
sion panels at festivals, libraries, schools and community 
centers, judged poetry contests and conducted workshops 
for students of all ages and been featured in more than 20 
interviews in print, television and radio. In addition to read- 
ing her own work, she actively introduces the work of other 
Louisiana writers to a wider audience. 

Her message: there is some type of poetry for everyone. 

"Poetry includes Dr. Seuss, song lyrics, lyrical prayers, 
even cheers," Kane said. "There is a kind of poetry we tend 
to study in an academic setting, but there are other types 
of poetry that don't require much research to get the most 
from it. It's important to realize there is a whole spectrum 
out there and most people do like poetry. If you like song 
lyrics, you like poetry. 

"With my own poetry I strive for it to be accessible at first 
reading. There is some poetry that can be heard with the 
ears and immediately understood and some poetry that, on 
second reading, requires a bit more. You can read a Robert 
Frost poem, for instance, and enjoy it for its simplicity, but 
you can also read and study Frost and find the depths of 
his poems. You can get a lot out of Frost if you want to pull 
away the layers, but it also is enjoyable on first read. That's 
what I strive for." 

All those different types of poetry have their audiences, 
Kane said. 

"As laureate I have the opportunity to speak to individuals 
who don't normally go out of their way to seek out poetry," 
she said. "It's enjoyable and enriching, especially for Louisi- 
ana writers." 

In addition to teaching classes at Northwestern State, 
Kane is faculty advisor for Argus, the university's student lit- 
erary magazine, and for Brainy Acts Poetry Society, a student 
poetry group. 

Most of her classes are sophomore literature classes for 
non-majors and Kane expressed doubt that many of her 
students are impressed to have a poet laureate for a profes- 
sor. Clemonce Heard of New Orleans, founder of Brainy Acts 
Poetry Society, disputes that notion. In 201 0, he enrolled in 




Kane's Major American Poets class, a three-week summer 
session that he "wished had lasted for a lifetime." 

"Dr. Kane has a certain gracefulness and enthusiasm for 
poetry that I've never witnessed in anyone else," said Heard, 
who graduated in May. "She taught the class so effortlessly 
and made it seem like teaching was recess for her. She made 
it enjoyable to learn. Though she is poet laureate of Louisi- 
ana, which is very highly esteemed, you probably couldn't 
tell by the modest charm that she gives off. To me she's the 
epitome of walking inspiration." 

Kane's expertise as both poet and teacher lend themselves 
well to many obligations of the state poet laureate, particu- 
larly in encouraging writers to open up in an intensely per- 
sonal medium. At last year's Louisiana Book Festival, she led 
a workshop for adults on poetic formulas. At a charter school 
in Baton Rouge, she worked with middle school students on 
poems oriented towards sensory description, encouraging 
them to express themselves. She worked with GED students 
in Lafayette and judged poetry contests for the University 
of New Orleans and the Louisiana Studies Conference in 
Natchitoches. 

"I have no social life not related to these engagements," 
she joked. "It's very challenging and there's not much time 
for anything else. You have to make sacrifices of personal 
time and writing time, but it is so enjoyable." 

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Fleming Thomas' love for NSU lives on 

' Leslie Gruesbeck, instructor of art and Director of Galleries, 
Department of Fine and Graphic Art 



Fleming Arden Thomas made an impact. 
If you have doubts about that, you should 
glance around Northwestern State University, 
our alma mater - yours, mine and Fleming's. 
Almost three years after his death, we are 
reminded easily of his enormous involvement 
with and love of this institution. Through the 
Fleming Thomas and Jean D'Amato Thomas 
Reading Room in Watson Library; the lecture 
series which bears the same name as the read- 
ing room; the Fleming A.Thomas Faculty Information 
Literacy Award and the Fleming Arden Thomas Library 
Book Fund, we are reminded continually of our fellow 
alumnus and colleague and of his passions for reading 
and research and the pursuit of knowledge. 

Like so many of us who have graduated from NSU, 
Fleming was a small town kid from northern Louisiana. 
Originally from Ringgold, he graduated from NSU in 
1 955, earned another degree at Louisiana State Uni- 
versity and served in the U.S. Army as part of the Army 
Intelligence Corps. A university librarian by profession, 
he worked in the libraries of The Citadel, Miami-Dade 
Junior College, Indiana University at Bloomington and 
Burlington Community College where he was a founder 
of the college, helped establish the library where he was 
later director, then served as Dean of the College. 

He returned to Ringgold to be near his aging parents 
and was in private business for a few years before joining 
the staff of Watson Library. Fifty years after his gradua- 
tion from NSU, Thomas was named director of libraries. 

It was during this time that he met and married his 
wife of 20 years, D'Amato Thomas. The two met when 
Dr. D'Amato visited the inter-library loan office. Fleming 
ordered a book for Jean and six weeks later, they were 
engaged. Thomas was a widower and D'Amato Thomas 
had never married. She later said she was attracted to 
his keen intellect and lack of pretension. 

Following his death, in 2009, Jean initiated the Fleming 
Arden Thomas Library Book Fund to encourage student 
appreciation of the great passion in Thomas's life, his love 
of books. Administered through the Northwestern State 
Alumni Association, books purchased through the fund 
enhance the academic interests of the Northwestern 
State community. 

The Fleming Thomas Lecture Series also serves to keep 
Thomas' legacy alive. The series brings local and regional 
faculty to Northwestern State to discuss their research. 
Many students and faculty benefitted greatly from 
Thomas' help with their research. 

"Fleming helped so many people through the rigors of 
graduate school and thesis writing, offering suggestions 
for inter-library loans and guiding students through the 
process. His guick wit was always evident, leaving many 
students not sure if he was serious or not. We actually 
began to look forward to more research," said Sheila 
Richmond, instructor in the Department of Language 
and Communications. 




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The Legacy of Dr. Jean D'Amato Thomas 

FraserSnowden, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, 
Louisiana Scholars' College 



"Jean's death has left a hole in our hearts," said Dr. 
Rondo Keele, a philosophy professor in the Louisi- 
ana Scholars' College at NSU shortly after Dr. Jean 
D'Amato Thomas died in March of 201 0. Jean was a 
professor of classics at the College from 1 988 until 
her unexpected and untimely death. 

Jean was a tiny, feisty, witty, erudite woman with 
boundless energy and enthusiam. Students and 
colleagues alike regarded her as a walking encyclo- 
pedia of the ancient classical world. She published 
scholarly articles about her lifelong study of the Phlegraean 
Fields near Naples, Italy, the site of Lake Avernus, believed 
to be the entrance to Hades as portrayed by Virgil in his epic 
poem, TheAeneid. She served as an officer in innumerable 
professional organizations, received grants from the American 
Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Hu- 
manities, and the Fulbright Commission, wrote popular articles 
for the Natchitoches Times and the Alexandria Daily Town Talk 
on a host of topics from etymology to censorship to politics to 
the need for public funding of the arts and humanities. 

Most important to her though were her students, her "kids," 
as she called them. She arranged internships for them, helped 
them get into prestigious graduate institutions, counseled 
them about personal problems, assisted them in obtaining re- 
search grants, and took them on study trips to Italy where she 
would lead them through archeological digs and museums. 

Dr. Helaine Razovsky, one of Jean's closest friends and a pro- 
fessor of English at NSU, recalls Jean telling her about a Latin 
student who missed class. Jean went to his dorm and asked 
him why he had been absent. 

"Jean thought of herself as a surrogate mother to her stu- 
dents. She wanted them to succeed, not simply in learning 
the subjects she taught, but in learning how to best conduct 
themselves. Failing to go to class was like failing to go to 
work." 

A former student, David Herrell, spoke for many of her 
former students when he said: "Dr. D'Amato recognized that 
I was from a family with no academic experience. She took 
me under her wing, nurtured and inspired me. Twenty years 
later, I am a well-respected linguist in one of South Korea's 
top universities. I would not be who I am today without Jean 
D'Amato." 

A special Jean D'Amato Thomas Award for Student Study 
was established at the time of her death to carry on her legacy. 
Contributions to that endowment can be sent to the NSU 
Foundation. Jean's family and friends would like to see the 
endowment grow so many future students will have the op- 
portunity to study abroad and keep Jean's memory alive. 

Remembering Jean recently. Dr. Jay Means, a professor of 
English in the Scholars' College, said: "Jean was the sort of 
friend who became an essential part of one's life. She was the 
most life-enhancing person I have ever known. The reality of 
her loss still hasn't quite sunk in." 

If you would like to make a contribution to the Jean 
D'Amato Thomas Award for Student Study contact Jill 
Bankston at 318.357.4241 or bankstonj@nsula.edu. 



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Loft Theatre named for Dr. Jack Wann 



Northwestern State University has named its Loft Theatre 
in honor of former artistic director Dr. Jack Wann. 

Wann was a member of Northwestern State's faculty from 
1990 until 2003, building one of the top undergraduate 
theatre programs in the South. Under Wann, Northwest- 
ern gained accreditation from the National Association of 
Schools of Theatre. More than 40 of his students worked in 
summer stock companies each year and a number of his 
former students are working professionally. 

"It would be safe to say that the NSU Theatre and Dance 
program would not be nearly as successful today if it hadn't 
been for Dr. Wann's guidance," said Coordinator of Theatre 
and Dance Scott Burrell. "Even today, the program's mis- 
sion remains the same as it did when Dr. Wann rekindled 
the program in the 90s. A strong commitment to college 
academic work combined with practical training to support 
students into their entrance into the professional theatre/ 
dance world." 

Wann established the NSU Summer Theatre. He also regu- 
larly brought working theatre professionals to Natchitoches 
to hold workshops for students. 



In 2002, he published a book, Shakesperience!: An Ap- 
proach to Performing Shakespeare, and received the Mildred 
Hart Bailey Research Award from Northwestern State. 

Wann was named professor emeritus after his retirement. 
He has maintained his close ties with Northwestern State 
by directing summer theatre productions and returning to 
campus annually to teach theatre classes. Wann taught a 
three-week class on Shakespearean acting at NSU this spring 
which concluded in early April. 

"The name of Dr. Jack Wann is closely identified with the 
theatre program at Northwestern State. He led the reinstate- 
ment of the program and developed faculty and students 
to high levels of achievement in theatre," said Northwestern 
State President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "He has shown great 
loyalty to Northwestern State and its students by returning 
each year to share his knowledge. Jack remains a beloved 
figure within the university and Natchitoches communities." 

The Jack Wann Theatre is on the second floor of the A.A. 
Fredericks Center for Creative and Performing Arts and is be- 
ing renovated to create a state of the art acting and move- 
ment laboratory theatre. 



Northwestern State seeking nominations 
for Hall of Distinguished Educators 

Northwestern State University's College of Education 
and Human Development Alumni Advisory Board is seek- 
ing nominations for the Hall of Distinguished Educators 
for 201 2. Nominees must have graduated from North- 
western State's College of Education at least 30 years 
prior to nomination. Inductees will be honored during a 
brunch and induction ceremony at theTeacher Educa- 
tion Center on Oct. 15. The deadline to submit nomina- 
tions is July 20. 

Anyone who would like to nominate an outstanding 
College of Education alumnus who has had a distin- 
guished career in education should send the nominee's 
resume and other documentation outlining the reason 
for the nomination to NSU College of Education and Hu- 
man Development, c/o Janet Broadway, Northwestern 
State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497. 

Additional information is available by calling Broadway 
at (318) 357-6278 or e-mailing broadwayj@nsula.edu. 



Brothers of Theta Delta 

and 

Sisters of lota Mu 

are invited to participate 
in the 40th anniversary of the 

Theta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. 

and the 
lota Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. 

A reunion will be held in conjunction with 
Homecoming Oct. 26-28. 

For more information, 
visit the reunion homepage at 

nsuomegasanddeltas.org 
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Sigma Sigma Sigma groundbreaking 

Northwestern State University administrators, City of 
Natchitoches officials and representatives from several 
campus organizations joined Sigma Sigma Sigma alum- 
nae and active members in turning dirt in March 201 2 as 
construction began on Alpha Zeta chapter's news house 
on Organization Row. The Alpha Zeta chapter of Tri Sig- 
ma was established on the Northwestern State campus 
in the 1920s. University Row is on South Jefferson and rs 
already home to houses affiliated with Kappa Sigma, the 
Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Phi Mu. 








Upcycled band uniforms for sale 



Fans of Northwestern State University's Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band can purchase a piece of the band's history 
with proceeds benefitting the organization. Old band uniforms 
have been recycled into throw pillows and tote bags that are for 
sale through Northwestern State's Office of Alumni and Develop- 
ment. 

"When folks purchase a pillow set or tote bag, they are purchas- 
ing a piece of N5U history and will be making a donation to help 
Northwestern continue the great traditions of the Spirit of North- 
western Demon Marching Band," said Bill Brent, director of bands 
and coordinator of the Dear School for Creative and Performing 
Arts. "I'm so excited that we have been able to recycle the band 
uniforms instead of just discarding them." 

Purchases can be made by visiting northwesternalumni.com/ 
bandpillows. Fifty percent of all proceeds will be designated to 
the Band Enhancement Campaign Fund at Northwestern State. 
Sets include a jacket pillow, purple pillow with a white N, two small 
pillows and a tote bag. A tote bag and pillow set is $98. Because 
the items are made from recycled materials, some may be slightly 
worn, stained or appear damaged. All items have been cleaned as 
much as possible. Upcycled uniforms, Brent pointed out, are green 
and earth friendly. 

"What is important to remember is that these uniforms were 
worn by members of the Spirit of Northwestern for 1 years and 
were seen by more than a million people in performances," Brent 
said. "The performances were in many locations beyond Turpin 
Stadium and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade. They 
were worn for a Superdome for performances at a Saints' game, for 



the football game at TCU when the Demon's defeated the Horned 
Frogs; in Hattiesburg, Miss., for the football game against, Southern 
Mississippi University, for the London, England, New Year's Day Pa- 
rade and this past fall in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge and in Dallas 
for the SMU football game." 

Items can be picked up from the Creative and Performing Arts 
Center, office number 1 ION, during regular business hours. Items 
can also be shipped anywhere in the United States for an additional 
$7 per order. International shipping is an additional $14 per order. 
Buyers should add shipping costs to order forms that option is 
desired and allow 7-14 business days for delivery. Order forms can 
also be printed and mailed in with payment. 

For more information or to purchase items on-line, visit north- 
westernalumni.com/bandpillows or call (318) 357-4522. 




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SUMMER 2012 



Athletic News III 




exterGrimsley 

stood tall against 
Shaquille O'Neal and 
the NCAA from 1989- 
93 as a Northwestern 
State basketball 
standout. In February 
he stepped alongside the greatest figures in 
school history with his induction in the Gradu- 
ate N Club Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Grimsley's enshrinement highlighted the 
13th Annual Demon Basketball Reunion Lun- 
cheon at Prather Coliseum before the current 
NSU squad cracked Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 
82-68 for its fifth straight win. Grimsley, now an 
Alabama state legislator, saw the Demons win 
at Alabama State earlier in the season, but was 
most impressed with another phase of coach 
Mike McConathy's program - the 85 percent 
graduation rate. 

"I am very proud to hear the numbers on 
our graduation rate. That should always be 
the number one priority for the athletes and 
coaches involved," said Grimsley, whose 1993 
psychology degree from NSU launched a career 
in child and juvenile services in his home state. 

"My coach, Dan Bell, made this promise to 
me. He said, 'if you come to Northwestern State 
University, you will have the opportunity to 
prove that you can play. I can't promise you 
that you will get play, but you will have the 
opportunity to obtain a degree, and we'll push 
you to do that.' 

"He stood by his word and I'm so grateful 
that me and my teammates were granted that 
opportunity to convert our athletic ability into 
education," said Grimsley. 

Former teammate Tony Beaubouef intro- 
duced Grimsley, opening with a story about 
the fundamentally-sound 6-foot-6 forward 
matched up against massive 7-2 Shaquille 
O'Neal when both were freshmen in 1 989 in an 
eventual 73-63 triumph by the No. 8 Tigers. 
"Dex wasn't scared. There was no fear that 
day or any other," said Beaubouef, a Berwick 
native. "It didn't matter who we were playing, 
where we were playing. He wanted to win." 

That approach didn't dial down in practice, or 
in offseason conditioning. Grimsley eventually 
bench pressed 410 pounds while becoming 
one of NSU's career leaders in scoring, rebound- 
ing, steals and blocked shots. 

"We were pushed and challenged to excel, 
and the work necessary wasn't always pleasant," 
said Beaubouef. "Sometimes the only reason 
you ran was because you didn't want to answer 
to Dexter. If he said run, you said, 'yes sir, let's 
go.' 

"The points, the rebounds, those things, 
they're all great, but Dexter's trademark was 



The 

points, the 
rebounds, 
those 
things, 
they're all 
great, but 
Dexter's 
trademark 
was his 
competi- 
tiveness. 

— Tony Beaubouef 



NSU graduate and 
former basket- 
ball and baseball 
letterwinnerTony 
Beaubouef, director 
of athletics Greg 
Burke, secretary 
of the Graduate N 
Club Gil Gilson, and 
201 2 Graduate N 
Club Hall of Fame 
inductee Rep. Dex- 
ter Grimsley posed 
after the Feb. 4 cer- 
emonies honoring 
Grimsley at Prather 
Coliseum. 



his competitiveness. It didn't matter if we were 
playing checkers, playing horse, whatever, he 
was going after it. You fed off that and he made 
us all better, and made us a better team," he said. 

"I am sure Dexter is more proud of the fact 
that his team led the nation in scoring (95 
points per game in 1991-92) and was second 
the next year, than he is about being the 
eighth-best scorer in the history of our pro- 
gram," said Beaubouef. "It was always all about 
us with Dex." 

Grimsley concurred, admitting he had no 
idea about his career totals of 1 ,437 points, 664 
rebounds (14th all-time at NSU), 153 blocks 
(third) and 1 39 steals (ninth) in 1 1 games. 

"When I saw the press release listing the stuff 
that I had done, it was really shocking. I never 
thought about me doing that. We did that as a 
team," he said. "It was not an individual thing, 
and it stands to say that anytime you are part 
of a good team, those things can be accom- 
plished." 

It would have been easy to go elsewhere 
when in his first season, one that finished 
with him being named Southland Conference 
Freshman of the Year, the NCAA hit NSU with 
penalties related to violations in the previous 
coaching staff. 

"Coach Bell sat all of us down and said, you 
have a choice, and yes, you can leave, or you 
can stand together through this," said Grimsley. 
"I liked the way he was up front and honest. 

"My mom impressed upon me, once you 
dedicate yourself to someone, you must follow 
through with that commitment to that coach 
and your teammates. I watch now as players 
and even coaches find it easy to go back on 
contracts and commitments. Nobody left our 
team. We stood as one. I'll always be very proud 
of that." 




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SUMMER 2012 




Teammates Joskeen Garner and Angela 
Simpson were congratulated by former 
NSU Lady Demons Coach James Smith. 



N Club inducts teammates Garner, Simpson 

Two of the greatest scorers in Northwestern State 
Lady Demon history, teammates Joskeen Garner and 
Angela Simpson, were honored for their outstanding 
play and inducted to the Graduate N Club Athletic 
Hall of Fame inductee ceremony Feb. 1 1 at Prather 
Coliseum. 

Membership in the Graduate N Club Hall of Fame 
is the highest athletic honor, reserved to NSU stu- 
dent-athletes who achieved only the most superior 
athletic accomplishments at the university. 

Former NSU coaching great James Smith (1 987- 
2004) introduced his two standout players, and 
regarded them as two of the best players he's ever 
coached. 

The duo led the Lady Demons to three 20-win sea- 
sons between 1 992-1 996, and were huge contribu- 
tors to some of the most accomplished teams in NSU 
women's basketball history. 

Garner, a 6-0 forward, was the first Florien High 
School All-American to be recruited to any school in 
the Southland Conference. 

Garner is one of only three players in SLC women's 
basketball history to earn first-team All-SLC honors 
for four straight seasons. She also is a three-time All- 
SLC Tournament selection, and ranks among all-time 
NSU leaders in almost every statistical category. 

"It is a great honor, a privilege to be inducted 
alongside such talented players here at Northwest- 
ern State," said Garner. 

Simpson, a 5-7 guard, overcame reconstructive 
knee surgery to lead the SLC in scoring in 1 996, and 
earn All-SLC Tournament accolades in 1 995 and 
1996. 

Smith recollected on Simpson's 45-point perfor- 
mance in the finals of the SLC Tournament in 1 996. 
He said that members of the team still refer to her 
simply as "45" because of the heroic showing that 
still stands as the highest scoring game in SLC Tour- 
nament history. 

"It's just such an honor to be standing her in front 
of all you today," Simpson said. "I'd like to give a spe- 
cial thanks to my family for all the love and support 
they have given me throughout the years, and I truly 
am thankful for them." 



Stoehrs take over women's basketball program 

Brooke and Scott Stoehr, named co-head coaches for the 
Northwestern State Lady Demon basketball team in early April, 
were formally introduced April 1 8 in front of about 1 50 fans and 
supporters at Prather Coliseum. 

Brooke, 3 1 , and Scott, 36, become the program's first co-head 
coaching duo in the 38-year history. 

"We're very honored to be here," said Brooke. "We want to thank 
(NSU President Randall Webb) Dr. Webb and (Athletic Director) 
Greg Burke and their staffs and also Mr. Pierce (NSU Vice President 
for External Affairs), and the search committee members. 

"This is an opportunity we didn't think we were going to have." 

The Stoehrs have two children. 

"We really weren't planning on moving," she said. "But things 
happen for a reason and we're excited to be given this opportunity 
and going to do our very best to make the school, fans, commu- 
nity very proud." 




The Northwestern State Lady Demon basketball team wel- 
comed new co-head coaches Scott and Brooke Stoehr during 
a press conference for fans and the media in April. The Lady 
Demons are eager to overcome recent struggles and regain 
stature as a perennial Southland Conference championship 
contender. Scan this QR code to see the press conference. 






A standing ovation from a crowd that included Brooke's parents, 
Bill and Charlotte Lassiter; Basketball Hall of Fame coach Leon 
Barmore, who recruited and coached Brooke at Louisiana Tech; 
and former Lady Demon coach Pat Pierson, among current Lady 
Demon basketball players, welcomed the Stoehrs to the stage. 

"I'm so thankful that Coach Barmore could come today and be 
a part of this," said Brooke. "That means so much to us. I want to 
thank Coach Joe Foley at Arkansas-Little Rock. He gave me my 
first coaching job. And I want to thank Kristy Curry at Texas Tech. 
She's someone that worked for Coach Barmore and helped recruit 
me. She's a good friend and a great mentor and I think my time 
there has helped prepare me for this position today." 

This will be the Stoehrs' first head coaching jobs from a com- 
bined career that included coaching stops at North Texas, Texas 
Tech, Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern Mississippi. 

rzi mIJ r^ Hear what women's basketball coaching 
r— ! I V/jJ~r^ legend Leon Barmore had to say about 

t^ Northwestern State's new co-head coaches. 






Will Pratt graduates 

Former all-SLC forward Will Pratt 
graduated this spring with his degree 
in history from Northwestern State. He 
achieved two dreams - pro basketball 
and a degree - thanks to eNSU. Scan 
the QR code to hear Will's story. 




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SUMMER 2012 




Capital Campaign closes with Fais Do-Do 






The Northwestern State University Foundation closed out 
its three-year capital campaign with a record of over $36 mil- 
lion dedicated to support the educational mission of NSU. 

The chair of the campaign, John Manno of Shreveport, 
joined the president of Northwestern State, Dr. Randall J. 
Webb, to announce the total at a Family Fais Do-Do hosted 
by the NSU Foundation and the NSU Alumni Association in 
May. 

"We have conducted two major campaigns, each more 
successful than the last, during the time i have been privi- 
leged to be the president of our beloved alma mater," Webb 
said. "We know that the impact Northwestern State on 
students and our community is profound, and the way 
our extended family responded over the past years shows 
Northwestern has a vibrant future." 

Webb said private support from alumni and friends of the 
university "is becoming increasingly important to North- 
western and other universities in the wake of the substantial 
reductions in state funding for higher education in recent 
years. 

"Northwestern's state funding has been reduced from 
nearly $50 million four years ago to just $29 million for the 
current fiscal year, and the university faces another cut for 
the upcoming year,"Webb stated. 

Starting in 2009, the campaign goal was $25 million over 
the roughly three-year period. 

"What made this a record amount was our Northwestern 
State family," Manno said. "At the beginning of the cam- 
paign, we talked about this would be about our past, our 
present and our future. Today, thanks to everyone involved, 
we know that future is a little more secure for NSU." 

Earlier in the campaign a single gift from the Mary Gal- 
laspy Trust focused on scholarships for future NSU students 
made a tremendous impact on the total, but Manno and 
Webb pointed out the overall success of the drive came from 
the broad base of support. 



As a result of this and the previous campaign, since 2000 
the impact on the Northwestern State campus includes the 
creation of three endowed chairs and 53 endowed profes- 
sorships. An additional six endowed professorships are in 
the process of completion. 

Webb said, "Even substantially exceeding our goals for 
private contributions during these successful fund-raising 
campaigns will not offset losses in state funding, because 
only the interest earned on these donations can be used for 
scholarships and other programs that enhance the univer- 
sity." 

He added, "Without the monies generated by the NSU 
Foundation fund drives, the university would be facing even 
more devastating financial problems than it has been forced 
to address since 2008. These private funds are being used 
for hundreds of scholarships that have helped stabilize en- 
rollment at a time when state budget cuts, higher admission 
requirements, increased tuition costs and other factors have 
made it difficult to attract and retain students." 

For students attending Northwestern State, the NSU Foun- 
dation provides record numbers of awards backed by over 
250 endowed scholarships and a total of almost 370 scholar- 
ship funds. 

The Family Fais Do-Do celebration was created to bring 
together the faculty and staff and members of the Natchi- 
toches area community. 

"Tonight was not a fundraiser, but a chance to thank the 
entire Northwestern State family for what it has done to help 
our university," NSU Foundation executive director Drake 
Owens said. Owens stressed that event tickets were priced 
to cover the expenses of the all-you can eat family event. 

Along with announcing the record fundraising, Webb told 
the audience about an upcoming campaign to involve the 
Northwestern State community in future planning for the 
127-year old institution. 



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SUMMER 2012 




Dan Chase Memorial Scholarship to benefit future educators 



Lilly Chase of 
Baton Rouge 
honored the 
mennory of her 
late husband, 
avid Northwest- 
ern State Univer- 
sity supporter 
Dan Chase, by 
establishing an 
endowed scholar- 
ship in his name. 
The four-year 
scholarship will 
benefit a student 
pursuing a degree 
in education. 



Lilly Chase of Baton Rouge has 
established a $ 1 00,000 endowed 
scholarship in memory of her hus- 
band. Northwestern alumnus Dan 
Chase. The Dan Chase Memorial 
Scholarship in Education will be a 
four-year scholarship for a student 
pursuing a degree in education. 

A native of Waterproof, Dan 
Chase graduated from North- 
western in 1957 with a degree in 
health and physical education and 
earned a master's in education 
administration in 1964. He began 
his career as a teacher and coach 
in Concordia Parish and later 
worked as a graduate assistant at 
the University of Arkansas before 
returning to Louisiana as a teacher 
and coach in East Baton Rouge 
Parish and the Louisiana State 
School for the Deaf. 

Chase made donations to 
establish the Dan and Lilly Chase 
and daughters Marty Causey and 
Lisa Chase Endowed Professorship 
in Northwestern State's College of 
Education, and the Dr. Francisco 
A. Silva Endowed Professorship 



in Psychology. He also established the Dan and Lilly Chase 
Athletic Scholarship. Chase was a member of the university's 
Long Purple Line, Northwestern State's Hall of Distinction, and 
received an honorary doctorate from Northwestern in 2005. 
He was co-chair of the University's first capital campaign and 
was honorary chairman of the 2006 Natchitoches-NSU Folk 
Festival. In celebration of his 50th anniversary to his wife. 
Chase donated funds for the fountain that is the focal point of 
Northwestern State's Alumni Plaza. He passed away in June 
2011. 

"Dan went to Northwestern on a football scholarship and 
he always had the feeling of needing to pay back the help he 
had received," Lilly Chase said. "I wanted someone to have the 
opportunity he had to go to school and do one more thing 
for him. He did so much for Northwestern, I wanted to do 
something in his memory." 

"Northwestern State has benefited in many ways from the 
generosity of the Chase family," said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of 
the College of Education and Human Development. "What a 
great honor for an education major to be given this opportu- 
nity. I will ensure that future recipients have knowledge of the 
accomplishments and good character of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Lilly 
Chase. They carry a special place in our hearts." 

"Dan Chase's commitment to the Northwestern State family 
will continue to endure through this scholarship established 
in his memory," said Drake Owens, executive director of the 
NSU Foundation. 

For information or to apply for Northwestern State scholar- 
ships, visit financialaid.nsula.edu/scholarships. 



Briggs commitment to Cenia programs, student-athletes continues 



Dr. Harry Briggs, instructor, distance swimmer and 
long-time supporter of Northwestern State University, 
was honored when administrators announced that Briggs 
established a $120,000 planned gift annuity at the univer- 
sity. Within the gift, $50,000 is designated for the establish- 
ment of the Lydia Briggs Women's Tennis Endowment Fund, 
$10,000 is designated for the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex 
Project and $60,000 will be added to the Dr. Dora Douglas 
Briggs Endowed Scholarship in Nursing 
and Radiologic Sciences programs at 
Northwestern State's CenIa Center 
in Alexandria. 

Briggs is a political science in- 
structor at Northwestern State's 
Leesville/Fort Polk campus. 
The gifts honor Dr. Briggs' 
late wife, Lydia Briggs, and 
his aunt. Dr. Dora Douglas 
Briggs. -^ 

"How does one thank i. 

a person whose generos- "!" 

ity and kindness seem < 

to know no bounds? 
It's impossible to thank 
someone enough who has 

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given of himself and of his resources in support of programs 
at Northwestern State," said University President Dr. Randall 
J.Webb. "Harry loves teaching. He loves students. I can't 
figure out how he manages to do all that he does." 

Known since the 1 950s as "The Paddlin' Professor," Dr. 
Briggs has over the years initiated several scholarship en- 
dowments to benefit current and future students at North- 
western. He has also completed several distance swims to 
raise funds for scholarship, mostly recently a two-mile 
swim across Kincaid Lake to commemo- 
rate his 91 st birthday in May. 




Dr. Harry Briggs has established a planned gift annuity to Northwestern State 
University that will benefit the Northwestern State Women's Tennis program 
and nursing and radiologic sciences programs at Northwestern State's CenIa 
Center in Alexandria. From left are student-athlete Olga Bazhanova, Women s 
Tennis Coach Patric Dubois, Briggs, Associate Director of Development Jill 
Bankston and Director of University Advancement Drake Owens. 





Looking Back 



In 1962, the purpose of the Flamingo Club was to teach 
participants skills in aquatic activities such as synchro- 
nized swimming and diving. The club sponsored water 
shows on and off campus. Betty Walker was faculty spon- 
sor and instructor for the group. Members were seated 
from left, Dot Copeland, Judy Smith, Sandy Hunt and 
Barbara Martin. On the middle row are Sharon Corbell, 
Janet Fruge, Sanfora Hames, Carmen Codina and Jeanne 
Van Peene. On the third row are Becky Alphin, Barbara 
Haley, Bobbie Rodrigue and Ellen Baker. Ellen Baker was 
president, Barbara Martin was vice president and Carmen 
Codina was secretary for the club. 



Answers from 
our last issue... 

Did you recognize 
Elaine Rainey and Val 
Marmillion from the 
1972MardiGras? 

Those who guessed 
correctly were Kathy 
Squyres Meylian 
(1990)of Hineston, 
Lydia Petrus Kennedy 
(1975)of Shreveport, 
Jacque Norton (1982, 
1985) of Natchitoches, 
Susan Stanley (1973) 
of Pollock and Cathy 
Seymour (1974, 1976) 
of Natchitoches. 




The 1 981-82 Student Union Governing Board presided over the Student Union building and the Rec- 
reation Complex and was composed of 22 students who served in a variety of capacities. The function 
of the SUBG was to coordinate and plan activities that entertained, educated and enriched the lives of 
the general student body, such as movies, concerts, dances, exhibits, mini-courses, fine arts presenta- 
tions and the Lady of the Bracelet pageant. Can you name these members of the SUGB executive 
council? The first five readers who know the answer can call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 and 
win a prize. 



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.ound. View the full magazine with the 



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In Memory 



Rep. Israel "Bo" Curtis, Feb. 1 6, 201 2, Alexandria 

1 959 - Joe M Sampite, May 1 8, 201 2, Natchitoches 

1 962 - Reginald Lambright, Feb. 9, 201 2, Pitkin 

1 967 - Jane Renolds Kaderly , May 1 0, 201 2, Chester, Md. 

1 972, 1 976 - Ramon Joseph Triche, Feb. 29, 201 2, Natchitoches 




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Golden Jubilee attendees from the Class of 1962 



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1st Row: Linda Hodgeson Merle Payne Rabom, Carolyn Boydstun Masson, Beth Huckabay Hayes. Jan McLeish Johnson, Maxine Coile Sevier, 
Gloria Crane Marquis. Reba Hill Maxwell. Maxine Roge Johnson. Ellienne Todd Tate, Ann Caskey Ryals. and Johanna Hulls Huggans 2ncl Row: 
Beryl Doucet LeJeune. Bonnie Richardson Murphy. James "Lester' Woods. Jim L. Winn, Robert Gerald Martin. Robert "Buddy" Monroe Webb. 
Billy S Thomas Robert R Weaver, Anita Rose Thedford. Athala "Topper" Watkins Johnson, and Virginia Schuetz Phelps 3rd Row: Norma White 
Jenkins, Sophie Snell Packard, Judith Jones Bruner. Barbara Foster Gillis. Ted Buras. Enwm L Olgetree. Calvin Jay Reese. Harold L Cleveland. 
Gene Easley. Troy L Marler. and Alice Beach Massey 4th Row: Peggy Roy Gilbert. Martha Lee Burton. Sarah Ferguson Goins. Rose Ann Voge. 
Mary Walters Harkins. William (Benny) Morgan . Jim L. Rabb. Julia Chambers Hildebrand. and William W Durand 5th Row: Bonnie Rolling 
Williams. Dewitt Booty. Susan Whiteman Sylvester, Pat (Patnck) R. Vidnne. Rachael Maines Gardiner, Wayne L. Earp. Gerald L Bennett. Ranita 
Blake Peterson, Ferrel Max Yarbrough, Rev Louis K. Lucas. Dons Richard Roberts, T.A. Roberts. Amelia Slay Smith, and Douglas W. Brewer